Shawn Mendes with special guest James TW
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With his #1 debut album, #1 single “Stitches”, and now second Pop Radio hit “I Know What You Did Last Summer” extending his momentum at into the new year, Island Records recording artist Shawn Mendes has announced his Shawn Mendes World Tour, opening across Europe with 11 dates in April and May, and then arriving in North America with 26 dates including his July 16th date at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Preceding these shows, Shawn will play his biggest New York City concert to date, headlining Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, March 5th, which sold-out in under 5 minutes when tickets went on-sale this past fall.
Fan Club pre-sale for the Shawn Mendes World Tour will start on February 1st; with American Express pre-sale starting the next day (February 2nd); and public on-sale going up February 6th (U.S.). Fans can access the presale by signing up for ShawnAccess.com to get a code, & then purchasing a “ShawnAccess Tour Passport Presale Bundle” on the show’s ticketing site. First 50 ticket purchases in each city (25 from presale, 25 from regular onsale) will win a Meet-&-Greet with Shawn at their respective concerts.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer,” the RIAA gold single duet by Shawn and Camila Cabello of Fifth Harmony, has gone Top 15 at Pop Radio, Top 10 on iTunes, Top 20 on the U.S. Spotify chart, and Top 30 on Spotify’s Global Top 50. The video for “IKWYDLS” is currently past 35 million YouTube views. Shawn and Camila wrote the song together backstage in his green room at a Taylor Swift 1989 Tour show last summer, and recorded it secretly in New York and Los Angeles.
When Handwritten, now double platinum with a total of 2 million adjusted sales, entered Soundscan at #1 last year, it made Shawn the youngest artist in nearly five years to chart a #1 album on the Billboard 200. “IKWYDLS” follows up Shawn’s run of consecutive hit singles “Life of The Party” (RIAA platinum), “Something Big” (RIAA platinum), and “Stitches” (RIAA 4x-platinum). “Stitches” went to #1 on US Pop radio, nearing pole position at the Hot AC formats and has become a certifiable airplay and sales smash around the world. In addition to topping the official singles chart in the UK this week, the single has hit #1 on iTunes in over 20 markets, and reached Top 5 on the Global Spotify chart. Shawn also took home the MTV EMA for Best New Artist and the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist.
James TW is no ordinary teenager. The British 18-year-old is a soulful singer-songwriter with a big voice and even bigger aspirations.
“I want people to hear my music and think ‘how did that guy describe the way I feel’,” James says, and he succeeds. Recently signed to iconic label Island Records as one of the youngest artists on their roster, James has managed to develop a wholly unique sound and lyrics that capture real, relatable emotion.
James grew up in a small English village two hours outside of London. His father, who plays guitar in a wedding band as a hobby, came home one day to find James banging on the drum kit. Shortly thereafter, the band’s drummer wasn’t able to make it to a show. “It was either let the ten-year-old play or cancel the gig,” James remembers. “So they let me play and I just fell in love with performing.”
Since that day, James’ passion for music has grown exponentially. Naturally gifted, he picked up guitar when he was 12 years old and began playing piano the following year. As James honed his skills as a multi-instrumentalist, he began to post cover songs on YouTube. His videos showcase an undeniable talent with immense technical aptitude and a voracious will to learn. “I would like to be received as a serious musician,” he says. “That’s really important to me.”
James’ discipline has clearly paid off, resulting in a distinct blues and jazz-infused singer-songwriter sound that recalls John Mayer and Jamie Cullum, two of James’ influences. He is equally capable of delivering ballads reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s work, another artist who has had an impact on his music. James’ songs demonstrate critical elements of experienced songwriting and resonate with ease.
James has a maturity well beyond his years. He speaks with authority and a sense of worldliness that is rare for someone of his age. He cites Bill Withers and B.B. King as inspirations and aims to emulate the vocal nuances of soul music and guitar riffs of modern blues. Despite his youth, James’ lyrics offer a distinct point of view, convincing any listener of an incomparable wisdom about love, heartbreak and the world around them. He is undeniably romantic as highlighted by the subject matter of many of his songs.
James is a teenager in a business made up mostly of adults, but exceptional talent and unrelenting drive support that he will have a long and successful career. He was named after his parents’ favorite musician, James Taylor, the folk-pop legend. With hard work and good luck, James hopes to be as accomplished as his namesake someday. His songs are widely appealing but hardly typical; they have weight and a sense of staying power that so rarely accompanies pop music today. For James, the path ahead is clear: “I want my music to connect with people by having meaningful lyrics and memorable melodies.”